Literature

Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Edinboro University

Expand your horizons with a degree in Literature.

You love to read great books. Who doesn’t? But at Edinboro, as an English – Literature major you will do much more. We expect you will have a thirst for knowledge, a desire to investigate social, historical and cultural trends and movements and a passion for digging deep into literary works to interpret nuances and draw conclusions. In our program, you will read to engage with the wider world.

Working under the guidance of faculty experts, you will formulate new ways of thinking, reading and writing that will continue to evolve throughout your life. You’ll also gain experience with professional writing and literary editing. Pull it all together during your capstone experience, your chance to take a specific area of interest and produce a professional work of original research and scholarship suitable for publication.

As a student, you’ll discover how to collaborate with others to understand complex issues and solve problems. You will learn to conduct independent research and convey your conclusions logically and persuasively. With these valuable skills in hand, you will graduate ready to enter a wide variety of fulfilling professions and to make meaningful contributions to the world around you.

Interested in teaching English? The Literature program parallels English Education programs, making certification easy if you decide to teach in middle or secondary schools.

Expert Faculty

Accomplished faculty instruct, guide, and inspire Edinboro students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

Experiential Learning

The Edinboro experience extends well beyond the classroom. EU students prepare for careers and life through opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborative research with faculty, global travel, and internships.

Modern Facilities

Fighting Scots live, work, and play in state-of-the-art facilities on EU’s picturesque 585-acre campus. Located just 20 miles south of Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city, Edinboro is bustling with exciting activities.

Develop strong writing and communication skills.

Did you know? Literature faculty members regularly present their work at major national and international conferences and publish in respected academic and professional journals. Our faculty members also publish books through respected academic presses, including Harvard University Press, the University of Virginia Press and Bucknell University Press.

Why choose Edinboro?

Explore literary genres, movements and periods, from ancient to modern times. Think critically, discuss articulately and reap the rewards that come from understanding the value and functions of creative expression in our world. Throughout the program, you will find your voice as you:

Learn from distinguished teachers who are active scholars, well-regarded authors and experts in their fields.

Explore a variety of unique literary topics in special advanced seminars offered each semester.

Become a writing consultant at the University Writing Center.

Apply for internships at local and regional organizations such as Fulton Books in Meadville, Bethesda Children’s Home in Meadville, the Tom Ridge Environmental Center in Erie and the Marketing and Communications offices on campus.

Contribute to and/or edit Chimera, our award-winning student literary/art journal.

Work on the Spectator, Edinboro's student newspaper.

Select and edit work submitted to The Magazine, our annual online journal of undergraduate creative writing.

Share your ideas and insights at literary conferences.

Publish your work with guidance from faculty mentors.

Tales of success from Literature alumni.

Graduates of the Edinboro Literature program report being well prepared for graduate and pre-professional programs, as well as for employment in a variety of fields. They are working in schools, libraries and corporations, in advertising agencies and at publishing houses, in community organizations and law firms. The post-graduate lives of these recent alumni demonstrate the diversity of careers and life experiences enabled by the Literature program:

Daniel Warner (BA ’02), Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Kansas State University, co-principal at Pakaste Warner Design Manhattan, KS

Lindsay Kenderes (BA ’04) Information Resources Librarian & College Archivist, Milligan College, Johnson City TN

Monica Clem (BA ’05), Executive Director of Career Development and Experiential Learning, Edinboro University

Amanda Loose (BA ’07), Program Coordinator, Bayfront Maritime Center, Erie, PA

Mark Tanenbaum (BA ’08), Artistic Director, Performing Artists Collective Alliance, Erie, PA

Matthew Salvia (BA ’09), Ph.D. Candidate, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY

Kelly (Bergeron) Kruger (BA ’10), Senior Accounting Associate, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

Shaley Williams (BA ’12), JD Candidate, American University, Washington DC

Margaret Damonti (BA ’13), Account Specialist, Erie Insurance Group, Erie, PA

Prepare for a rewarding career.